The Shipwreck Galleries, Fremantle

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Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at The Shipwreck Galleries. This museum is billed as the top maritime archaeology and shipwreck conservation museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End. Make The Shipwreck Galleries a centerpiece of your Fremantle vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fremantle travel itinerary maker.
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A good alternative to staying in busy Perth, the port city of Fremantle offers atmospheric lodgings in many of its well-preserved buildings from the 19th century. Available for both long and short stays in the city, these rental properties offer lots of privacy and all the modern conveniences you need, all just a walk away from the city's main attractions. If you're traveling on a budget, consider Fremantle's mid-range hotels and backpacker hostels, many of which you'll find near the main train station.
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  • Lots of interesting artefacts they even have school students taking classes in there. You can go up the top either by stairs or a lift and look down on to wrecks. If you like maritime history this is ...  more »
  • This is a fabulous museum of shipwrecks in local area. Great exhibition about Dutch explorers at the moment too. Well worth a visit if you like shipping history. Donation only so very affordable.  more »
  • I have always been fascinated with shipwrecks and the Batavia is near the top of the list. The exhibition is brilliant and to see the stern timbers of the Batavia which was wrecked in 1629 is just won...  more »
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  • Loved it here plenty of things to see. Its free, but you give them a donation.
  • Excellent displays. Informative. Free entry
  • As a Dutch I liked to get in touch with some of my heritage especially because I'm also half indonesian. To see a piece of the legendary ship Batavia is amazing. A must see
  • Very interesting museum costing only a donation. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Now understand why there were so many Dutch shipwrecks on the west Australian coast!
  • What will you see at this museum. Outside the huge anchors, inside the detailed information for the knowledge on - many ship wrecks, hundreds of relics, Batavia original timber, and countless artefacts.